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  • Posted: Aug 28, 2019
    Deadline: Not specified
  • Ona is a social enterprise technology company based in Nairobi, Kenya and New York dedicated to developing open source solutions to promote the smarter use of data. We believe technology is a springboard to transform international development, allowing organizations to use data to overcome the greatest challenges and identify the best opportunities.
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    Technical Project Manager


    We are looking for a delivery focused Technical project manager. This position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya and will report to the CEO.

    To develop and implement mobile, facility and enterprise technology solutions that support the real time exchange of information from a local to national scale. This includes creating child vaccine systems, integrating electronic medical record systems, exchanging vital health information and supporting the coordination of national health programmes.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Work everyday with the engineering team leads, project managers and designers to develop the right technical solutions across multiple platforms to meet the implementation needs.
    • Support the day-to-day technical project management needs of the engineering team, making decisive decisions, responding to requests within one business day and asking for help when needed.
    • Write software specifications, manage project execution, review UI/UX wireframes and mockups, and define product roll-out strategy, including writing product development timelines.
    • Convert high level project goals to ticket level tasks with a detail that can be executed by our engineering team.
    • Judiciously document and communicate project activities, plans and decisions, ensuring team members at different levels know their role and are supported to execute their assignment.
    • Work with clients/partners to define the problem they are trying to address and design an appropriate technology solution. This often involves travel to the partner site.
    • Lead the processes of project scope definition, objectives and functional requirements, including writing project proposals and budgets, while involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring technical feasibility.
    • Ensure that all projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget at the highest attainable quality standards.
    • Identify project and technical risks early, raise them with our team and work together on mitigation strategies.
    • Actively engage with team members offering to assist if your skills can contribute to the project.
    • Develop and maintain industry leading technical understanding to translate program requirements into technical requirements, communicate and work closely with our engineers.
    • Communicate project progress in a timely manner to Ona’s senior management team and project stakeholders.
    • Attend stakeholder meetings, workshops, and conferences and present Ona’s products and work to diverse audiences (health, technical, etc).
    • Analyse user feedback and ensure the technical solution continuously improves and optimizes client satisfaction.


    • Self-starter who is motivated to move the team and project ahead without direct instruction.
    • Able to take big, sometimes nebulous, projects and tasks and break them down into granular details that can be accomplished by the engineering team.
    • Able to prioritize dozens of high value tasks across multiple projects simultaneously, in an environment where priorities are constantly changing. Able to stay organized and deliver in this environment.
    • Ability to communicate accurately, clearly, and effectively in written and spoken English.

    Key Requirements


    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, e.g. computer science, IT, economics, social science, engineering, etc.
    • At least 4 years of experience on a software development team, including 2+ years ideally leading technology solutions development teams.
    • Experience configuring and implementing widely-adopted, open source data and information platforms (e.g. OpenSRP,, ODK, OpenMRS, DHIS2, RapidPro and OpenHIE).
    • Comfortable working in Linux environments, running web servers, testing Android APKs and triaging problems.
    • Able to read and understand the logic and flow of software written in Java (server and Android), JavaScript and Python.
    • Proficient in SQL.
    • Knowledge and experience working with agile methodologies.
    • Willing to travel globally (potentially up to 20-30% of time).
    • Knowledge of project management tools a plus (e.g. GitHub projects, Harvest, Trello, JIRA).


    • Background as an engineering team lead, manager or ability to demonstrate competency at that this level.
    • Experience implementing one of the abovementioned technologies in a large scale project.
    • Strong interpersonal skills with the proven ability to lead multidisciplinary teams.
    • Interest and deep familiarity with ICT4D.
    • Technical experience in docker and document data storage solutions (CouchDB, Cassandra, MongoDB, DRUID or Hadoop).
    • Ability to speak French or other languages
    • Master’s degree in a relevant field such as Computer Science, Public Health, Engineering, etc.

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    Software Engineer In Test

    We're looking for developers who want to build foundational data systems that drive change. Our team has worked on projects that record the social infrastructure of entire countries, tally the winners of national elections and reduce infant mortality. We build software that solves real problems and you will too. 

    Key role responsibilities

    • Checkout and test development branches, read and interact with engineers and product managers as necessary to understand the issues they are closing.
    • Read through tests and extend tests as necessary to improve coverage. Refactor production and test code.
    • Write functional, UI, and integration tests. Manage the build environment to ensure tests are run accurately and quickly.
    • Create releases with change logs, verify they are production ready, and assist in deploying production releases.

    Essential requirements

    • Experience writing production code.
    • Experience testing and releasing production code.
    • Strong attention to detail and understanding of architectural dependencies.
    • Strong troubleshooting and problem solving skills.

    Method of Application

    Use the emails(s) below to apply


    Please send the following: 

    • Cover letter describing why you are interested in this position and working at Ona.
    • Resume or CV.
    • Examples of your work, projects you've completed, or your website.


    Note we will only contact shortlisted candidates.

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